F4U-2 Corsair night fighters with Night Fighting Squadron VF(N)-101 lining up for an exercise flight aboard USS Intrepid as the ship sailed south from Hawaii toward the Marshall Islands, Jan-Feb 1944. Photo 2 of 2.

Caption     F4U-2 Corsair night fighters with Night Fighting Squadron VF(N)-101 lining up for an exercise flight aboard USS Intrepid as the ship sailed south from Hawaii toward the Marshall Islands, Jan-Feb 1944. Photo 2 of 2. ww2dbase
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1. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
13 Apr 2023 02:26:24 PM

Note the radar dome on the right wings of the Corsairs. This is what identifies them as Night Fighters. This was among the first operational carrier deployments of the Corsairs where many of the aircraft’s low speed handling quirks were identified.
Other sources identify this image as showing the Corsairs taking off for a strike on Truk but the Corsair night fighters were not used in that operation.
2. David F. Anderson says:
29 Jan 2024 04:13:16 PM

This photograph is of VF (N)-101 on the ENTERPRISE, not the INTREPID! The squadron had two parts, both of which went to these two carriers. I do not think the Intrepid squadron ever flew, because she got hit by a torpedo, and the squadron went back to Hawaii with the ship. If you look at the photo, you can see the amidships elevator, which is close to the ship's island. Intrepid had a port-side elevator, not completely within the flight deck as the Yorktown-class elevator was (Enterprise being one of the Yorktown-class).
I do not know the photo numbers (the 80-G numbers at the National Archives), but there is one that is identified as Enterprise, and another that is supposedly Intrepid. If one can look at both photos, they are taken just seconds apart, and I am sure the shots were taken aboard "the Big E." I will gladly discuss this with anyone , if they will write me at my e-mail address.
Respectfully, and with regards, David F. Anderson

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